- Adaptation Displacement: More people know of Discordianism through Illuminatus! than through Principia Discordia.
- Anvilicious: Multiple examples:
- “Authoritarianism is bad.”
- “Classifying people into arbitrary categories of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ only leads to Black and White Insanity.”
- “Unforgiveness is bad.”
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A scene where The Pentagon is targeted by a terrorist bombing possibly by the allies of the good guys.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: A chapter about a rock festival said to be bigger than Woodstock spends over a page listing off stereotypical names for fictional bands; one of the groups so named is Nirvana. In fact, not all the band names are fictional; for example HP Lovecraft were a real sixties garage rock group, and (the original) Nirvana were a sixties psych group.
- Memetic Mutation: fnord